Why see a Podiatrist if you have Diabetes? Having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two
complications of the disease: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation.
For those with diabetes, small foot problems can turn into serious complications, including:
· ulcers (sores) that don't heal
· cracked heels
· ingrown toenails
To prevent complications of diabetes, patients are advised to follow diabetic foot care guidelines. Sometimes special diabetic shoes are advised to follow diabetic foot care guidelines. Sometimes special diabetic shoes are prescribed to avoid pressure and rubbing on the feet caused by regular footwear. If you are diabetic, or have decreased circulation, Medicare often provides coverage for preventive footcare and special diabetic shoes.
Preventative foot care by podiatrists prior to the first evidence of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes can prevent or delay foot or leg amputations and hospitalizations. Preventative care by today’s podiatrists can not only save limbs and lives, it can bring significant economic savings. Studies have shown that effective diabetic foot ulcer and amputation prevention could save the US health-care system up to $21.8 billion annually.
If you have diabetes, call our offices today for an appointment at 503-244-7894 in Portland and 360-834-3707 for our locations in Vancouver and Battle Ground, Washington. You may also request an appointment online.